This Website Helps Demolish the Abortion Stigma for Women in Ireland
For years, Ireland has had a barbaric law against abortions and forbids women from accessing the procedure within the country. Irish women often have to travel to England to get legal access to pregnancy termination and proper medical care, as they are met with scrutiny and stigma in their own country.
To speak out against the prohibitory abortion law, and to share the stories of the thousands of women who have to leave the country for medical care, the online campaign, X-ile Project was launched.
The X-ile Project was started by five Irish women - Julie Morrissy, Ruth Morrissy, Paula Cullen, Laura Lovejoy and Katie O’Neill - who wanted to speak up for the women who were effectively "exiled" from Ireland due to the abortion law. The X-ile project collects pictures and names of women and transgender men and shares it on their website to reinforce the idea that there is nothing to hide, and they have done nothing wrong.
According to the website 's description, “X-ile project is an ongoing online gallery of women and trans-men who have accessed abortion services outside of Ireland. Our objective is to give a much-needed face to women who have effectively been exiled from Ireland and ignored due to unduly strict abortion laws. We aim to demonstrate that those who choose to travel to have an abortion are responsible, ordinary women and are our neighbours, friends, colleagues, mothers, daughters and partners. X-ile Project contributes to and bolsters pro-choice campaigning that aims to break down the overwhelming stigma around women who travel from Ireland for the purpose of having an abortion.”
Pro-choice to the core, the X-ile Project aims to demolish the stigma and social negativity women face if they need or have had an abortion. The project is working towards eventually abolishing the restrictive law and helping women get access to safe and legal medical procedures to terminate a pregnancy. It is, after all, about choice and a country is not entirely free if half the population is being isolated and stigmatized for an archaic law like this one.
Learn more about the project here .